The nonfiction student reader in this unit teaches students about Three Kings Day, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Korean New Year, and Christmas. It explains the history of why each holiday is celebrated and how.
This unit is designed to go with the novel Horrible Harry and the Holidaze by Suzy Kline. It provides one student reader that can be referred to throughout the duration of the novel to build background knowledge. While teaching kindergarten and first grade I used this novel as a read aloud during Social Studies while integrating this student reader and activities during teacher directed reading. When I taught third grade, students used the Horrible Harry novel as a shared reading or literature circle novel. This unit can be adapted to meet the needs of various grade levels.
This student reader is designed to provide students with a nonfiction resource where they are exposed to various text features including: maps, bold words, labels, captions, table of contents, headings and glossary. Students can highlight the different text features while reading the story.
This unit also provides activity ideas to go with each holiday to make the book come to life! It is suggested that this unit be used with the novel, however you can also use the student reader simply as a guided reading or shared reading experience while integrating global awareness.
Writing can also easily be integrated into this unit. A graphic organizer and paper to publish has been provided in this packet.
Please see the unit plan outline that I use while teaching this novel.